First Round: 24th Pick: Shaq Lawson, DE, Clemson
The Bengals are well known for allowing draft picks to develop and Shaq Lawson is no exception. Michael Johnson and Carlos Dunlap have been absolute nightmares on offensive lines. Lawson would have the ability to learn from two of the best, all while rotating in and becoming the next solid pass rusher in the Bengals organization.
Lawson was one of the more versatile defensive lineman in college football. He could start from his three point stance or standing up. He was the defensive leader for this team and helped them not only get to the National Championship game against Alabama, but was a big defensive presence in a otherwise high scoring, low defensive impace game.
In 2015, he has 12.5 sacks, 58 tackles, and 25.5 tackles for a loss. His draft profile on NFL.com says his strengths are:
"Build like a tank…Very powerful at the point of attack"
His weakness are:
"Thickly bound with very average flexibility…Effort sacks will diminish in the pros and will need to become more naunced pass rusher."
The question of effort is what concerns teams most and will need to show NFL scouts that he can dominate in the combine. If he can prove that, he may move out of the Bengals reach, but until then, he could fall to the Bengals who will be worrying about defensive line depth and rotation heading into this years draft.
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